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Transition to being the mother of a new infant in the first 3 months: maternal problem solving and self-appraisals.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  1556329     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This study explored components of a model of transition to being the mother of a new infant during an infant's first 3 months. Personal and situational conditions and maternal problem-solving factors (issue formulating and the use of help with issues) that may influence transition markers (maternal appraisal of problem-solving competence and evaluation of parenting) were examined for two study periods: the first 30 days postpartum and the next 60 days. For the second study period, variables contributing to maternal attention to infant growth, development and temperament (knowing issues) were also explored. Questionnaires and a daily log kept by 62 mothers of healthy term infants were data sources. Everyday supports (situational condition) contributed to use of lay help for the second period. Caretaking issues positively influenced use of clinician help throughout the study. The number of knowing issues a mother formulated contributed positively to problem-solving competence and to parenting evaluation; the use of problem-solving help had no effect. More clinician help received during the first month meant higher need for maternal action for both knowing and caretaking issues in the second and third months. Further study of the mechanisms of these relationships and examination of factors contributing to shifts in the transition process are needed.
K F Pridham; A S Chang
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of advanced nursing     Volume:  17     ISSN:  0309-2402     ISO Abbreviation:  J Adv Nurs     Publication Date:  1992 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1992-05-01     Completed Date:  1992-05-01     Revised Date:  2007-11-14    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7609811     Medline TA:  J Adv Nurs     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  204-16     Citation Subset:  IM; N    
School of Nursing, University of Wisconsin-Madison 53792.
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MeSH Terms
Human Development*
Infant Care*
Infant, Newborn
Longitudinal Studies
Middle Aged
Models, Psychological
Mothers / education,  psychology*
Problem Solving*
Self Concept*
Grant Support

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